Woman Writes the Perfect Response to Man Bitter That She Got a Promotion Over Him

If I had to name the most unproductive statement known to man, “No offense, but…” would be a prime candidate. In the entire global history of offense, has a comment ever not been offensive when it begins with “No offense, but…”? I somehow doubt that. I don’t have official statistics to back me up, but I’m going to make a simple estimate: more often than not, when you need to flag that your next statement is not offensive, it’s quite likely that is exactly what it is.

This was perfectly illustrated in an exchange between a young woman who had recently been given a promotion, and her male colleague. Azita Rahman, a pre-med and sociology student at the University of California, Riverside, shared the series of messages on Twitter after this colleague expressed his dissatisfaction over her recent promotion.

Though the original series of tweets has since been deleted, you can find the text of the alleged message below. His comments begin with – you guessed it – “No offense but…”, which is almost always proof that he was about to be quite offensive.“No offense but you really don’t deserve that promotion. I work my ass off and I bring her coffee every day… you’re too emotional in your decision making. I’m not sexist but this position really is better suited for a man. Men are better with numbers, we make better accountants. You’d be a lot more successful as a secretary. Don’t get offended I’m just being honest. Hope you don’t take it the wrong way.”When you need to start off your message highlighting the fact that it’s not offensive, and end it asking someone not to be offended AND not to take your words the wrong way, chances are you’ve gone wrong somewhere.Azita did not leave this message unanswered and also shared her responses on Twitter. Her reply was as follows.“See the difference between you and me in the work place is that while you’re spending all you’re time sitting on your white ass, texting me shit like this, acting like you’re entitled to everything in the world and waiving off hard work just because you’re a man – I’m **surprise** actually working hard and getting ‘your’ promotions.“You can say whatever you want but at the end of the day, our male boss used your so-called superior male decision making skills to promote…me. Not you. I’m sorry your genital and skin colour didn’t workout in your favour this time, Maybe next promotion! Until then, your analysis report is due tomorrow.”

 Many of Azita’s followers flocked to her mentions to praise her for standing up for herself and giving this jealous colleague a piece of her mind. However, one Twitter user appeared critical of Azita’s response. This was because she was seen to have made the conversation about race by bringing up his skin color, even though her colleague’s initial message did not appear to reference her own ethnic background.However, Azita clarified that she only brought this up because of the said colleague’s prior behavior which included insensitive and discriminatory comments about her background. Based on this, it appears this awful message is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unnecessary comments Azita has had to endure from her co-worker. She also clarified that she had received permission to share the story on Twitter from the Human Resources department at her job.“Not pictured: he used to make islamophobic comments about me/my family on a daily basis, that’s the only reason i even mentioned whiteness.“Also just FYI i [sic] already reported him to HR and got permission to do this. just sharing so y’all know we don’t make this shit up lmao”Having straightened out the details, Azita had a little bit of time to gloat. To be honest, I can’t fault her for being a little petty after dealing with such offensive comments in a firm but dignified manner.“Being promoted over my a**hole male counterparts is the best feeling ever hahaha smd”Though she revelled in her success for a while, the attention Azita gained from this viral series of tweets might have been a little overwhelming for her family, and she appeared to be a little self-conscious about it all. This could be why she deleted the original tweets which sparked this trending story. Ultimately, it appears they came round in the end, and Azita was once again happy to talk about the event.Azita certainly has nothing to be ashamed of, but I can’t say the same for her co-worker. It is currently unclear what happened to Azita’s co-worker after making these comments, but I hope he has learned from temporarily becoming the butt of Twitter jokes. It can hurt to be passed over for a promotion when you feel that you deserve it, but attacking someone else for getting something you want will never be anything other than tacky. Adding sexism to the mix is hardly the best way to handle the situation, especially when you’re dealing with a woman like Azita who is ready with a swift comeback.


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